December 5, 2022

Requirements for Programs Using OCDEL-Approved Alternate Pathways to Keystone STARS Designation

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) released an announcement outlining the requirements for programs using an OCDEL-approved alternate pathway to Keystone STARS designation, effective on December 1, 2022.


Programs who hold accreditation through an OCDEL-approved alternate pathway accrediting body can apply for a Keystone STARS designation. The announcement shares details relating to:

  • The Professional Development (PD) Registry System: initial steps for programs using an OCDEL-approved alternate pathway

  • The PD Registry Designation System: applying for and renewing a Keystone STARS designation using an OCDEL-approved alternate pathway

  • Functionality of the PD Registry designation system for alternate pathway programs

For additional details, please see the full Announcement ELRC 22-08 Requirements for Programs Using an OCDEL-Approved Alternate Pathway to a Keystone STARS Designation in the Professional Development (PD) Registry.